Real Time Science: Observing Arctic Weather and Sea Ice

Join Sarah R. Johnson, local Roaring Fork Valley environmental education specialist at Wild Rose Education and International Arctic Buoy Program PolarTREC educator, to learn about how scientists collect weather data and observe sea ice on the Arctic Ocean amidst the frigid Arctic challenges. She will share from her recent IABP AK Spring 22 Deployment off the coast of Utqiaġvik, Alaska. Participants will also get to decorate a small wooden boat (one per household, while supplies last) to be deployed in the Arctic Ocean later this summer. You will then be able to track its location through satellite data and observe how the sea ice moves. 

There will be a session at each of the six Garfield County Libraries, and you are invited to attend the one that works best for your schedule.
Sunday • May 22 • 1 pm • Carbondale Branch Library
Sunday • May 22 • 4 pm • Glenwood Springs Branch Library
Wednesday • May 25 • 2 pm • New Castle Branch Library
Wednesday • May 25 • 6 pm • Silt Branch Library
Thursday • May 26 • 2 pm • Parachute Branch Library
Thursday • May 26 • 6 pm • Rifle Branch Library


Collaborators include the International Arctic Buoy Programme, National Science Foundation, University of Washington Polar Science Center, Office of Naval Research International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research (ICE-PPR), University of Maryland, ARCUS PolarTREC, Float Your Boat, and Wild Rose Education. Explore the IABP 2022 Spring expedition at




Sunday, May 22
1:00 pm